The Interpol has posed more questions to the enforcement directorate (ED) as the Indian agency tries to get a red corner notice (RCN) issued against former IPL chief Lalit Modi, sources told The Sunday Express. This is the third time the ED has been quizzed by the Interpol in the matter.
A week after the ED submitted contracts and documents that form the basis of its request to issue the RCN against the former IPL chief, the Interpol has now asked for documents pertaining to Modi’s passport revocation.
According to sources, the global agency has asked if the ED has reported the revocation of Modi’s passport to the Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (SLTD) database maintained by the Interpol. Besides, it has also asked the ED if any extradition process has been initiated by the agency to bring Modi back to India.
The SLTD database contains global records on lost, stolen and revoked travel documents — such as passports, identity cards, UN laissez-passer or visa stamps. The data on lost, stolen and revoked travel documents is submitted by countries through their nodal agency. The CBI is the nodal agency for Interpol-related affairs in India.
While the ED has responded to the queries raised by the Interpol, the department feels that the Interpol has gone beyond its mandate as it is re-investigating the money laundering case instead of issuing the RCN, said two top officials familiar with the development.
“The documents asked for are not relevant to the case and the department is clearly of the opinion that Interpol has overreached its mandate in this case,” said an official privy to the development.
The RCN, an international lookout notice for a fugitive, can be issued only in the case of a criminal offence.
Another senior officer, who has dealt with the Interpol, said, “Interpol is a mere facilitating agency. It typically processes a request for issue of RCN in 24 hours. It has no locus standi in asking for details of investigation once a request is submitted.”
The ED had on 12 August placed a request with the Interpol for the RCN against Modi through the CBI. The ED has also obtained a non-bailable warrant against Modi from a special court in Mumbai in connection with a money laundering case.
So far, the ED has registered 16 cases against Modi. Of these, 15 are under provisions of the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) and one under Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). The case under PMLA against Modi is based on a criminal complaint filed by the BCCI in 2010, accusing him of misappropriation of funds during his tenure as IPL chief.